The Diversity in Publishing Partnership
Indie Novella is a social enterprise that delivers social value on a broad range of levels and the home of the Diversity in Publishing Partnership
The Diversity Partnership is engaging independent publishers, booksellers and literary agencies to work together rather than in silos to champion diversity at a grassroots level.
Indie Novella and these organisations will collaborate and work with I&D experts such as HSM Advisory and Sula Graham Consulting who will provide training and focus group discussions for organisations in the Partnership to upscale our diversity and inclusion practices. The cost of all training, resources and focus groups provided to organisations in the partnership will be fully funded through the Arts Council England and our supporting community organisations.
The Diversity Partnership will bring together independent publishers, booksellers and literary agencies, so they stop working in silos but instead leverage their collective resources to champion diversity. We will do this by:
Conducting Inclusion and Diversity workshops for independent publishing organisations. The training will focus on how to foster inclusive practices both within our workplace but also in how we connect with writers.
Conducting confidential key informant interviews with partners to understand challenges faced in implementing I&D strategies and reaching writers and readers from diverse ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Convening focus groups with underrepresented communities and the publishing organisations so we can collectively understand the current barriers to inclusivity in publishing.
Working with literary agencies and publishers to create additional educational content and material for the Diversity Partnership to expand that currently use for the Indie Novella Writing Course and be an industry leader on writing courses to reach underrepresented authors.
Writing Resources - Partnering to Promote Diversity
At Indie Novella we believe in publicising the latest learning, both in novel writing, and in promoting diversity in publishing. Therefore, we asked acclaimed novelist Vaseem Kahn if we could promote his Diversity Project, Tunring the Page.
"Cultural appropriation. Authenticity of voice. Stereotyping. Diversity. All issues that the publishing industry is currently grappling with. I present some practical guidance in tackling these topics, based on research that I carried out, funded by the UK Arts Council, and featuring advice from writers, readers, and a host of industry professionals."
We present a selection of Vaseem's videos below and you can view the full project and resources here.
Our Writing Course
Our 9 week online writing course has been designed in collaboration with authors, creative writing tutors and literary consultancies to collate all the tips, tricks and essential literary techniques in one place for both the aspiring and the experienced writer. In weekly sessions you'll not only learn everything you'll need to transform that rough draft into a polished novel, but you'll interact with other authors, peer reviewing each other's work and becoming a cohort who can learn from and support each other to take your work to publication.
Sign up to our FREE writing course which is completely funded by our Social Impact agenda. Watch some of the videos below.
In addition to our Writing Course, Indie also offers a series of tips and tricks to help hone your writing, find your voice and bring out your characters.
Our social impact
What Indie Novella stands for:
1. At our own cost we fund publishing support services including writing courses, in-person workshops and seminars with Hackney Libraries and Newington Green Meeting House, and mentor programmes for previously unpublished authors.
2. We publish and promote authors from diverse backgrounds for the benefit of society through a non-profit model delivering cost benefits for all concerned.
3. We positively impact the lives of readers through the curation and sharing of diverse subject matter.
4. We deliver real life-changing impacts for new writers through career enhancement and the transfer of new skills, potentially changing their lives forever.
5. We actively seek to employ a diverse supply chain which operates in the social enterprise space and/or is a small community based business.
Join Us & Become A Peer Editor
Indie Novella is a non-profit cooperative run by its members. None of us earn an hourly wage but we get a chance to do what we love - read each others work and use our skills to unearth and publish great novels.
MA, BA and Writing Course Graduates
We're looking for graduates of Writing and Publishing Courses who are looking to for experience in the sector. Just send us a message below to ask about our Volunteer programme.
Not been on a Writing Course?
Don't worry. Indie Novella's Free Writing Course enables you to become a Peer Editor. Check out the link below.
When you buy a book from Indie you know that you are getting more than just a great story.
You are embarking on a journey of discovery that means exclusive, and exciting novels, novellas, illustrated works or anything with a challenging, inventive story from a diverse range of new authors.
What we guarantee is a broad range of genres and great stories that are told from unique perspectives that you will not find anywhere else. If you like to live on the literary edge then Indie Novella will not disappoint.